membership

[mem-ber-ship]
noun
1.
the state of being a member, as of a society or club.
2.
the status of a member.
3.
the total number of members belonging to an organization, society, etc.

Origin:
1640–50; member + -ship

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membership (ˈmɛmbəˌʃɪp)
 
n
1.  the members of an organization collectively
2.  the state of being a member

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membership
1640s, "State of being a member," from member + -ship. Meaning "number of members" is from 1850.
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Example sentences for Memberships
The party leaders are elected prior to the general elections by party memberships.
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